“With the help of Nutrisystem, I proved to myself that anything is possible if you want it bad enough.”Article posted in: Success Stories
At his heaviest, Blaine Michael Ardeneaux had topped out at 353 pounds. He was struggling with a number of unhealthy habits that he was finding difficult to kick, but it was his weight that he found most challenging. He knew he was putting his life at risk and that he needed to change—but he could never quite stick with a diet long enough for it to have any major impact. It took the harsh realization that his little sister had totally lost faith in his ability to change for him to finally follow through with creating his weight loss story. That was when Blaine turned to Nutrisystem and finally found success in his weight loss story by losing 91 pounds.*
Here is Blaine’s incredible weight loss journey:
By Blaine Michael Ardeneaux
In 2006, my college football career came to a sudden end due to dangerously high blood pressure. I was 19-years-old and knew I needed to lose weight, but I also kept telling myself I was young and still had a lot of time to worry about it. By 2011, I had gained 50 more pounds, topping out at 353 pounds. That year, my brother, sister and I went to Universal Studios, and I found I could barely fit on the rides. It nagged me that I didn’t want to one day be that parent that was too overweight to ride amusement park rides with his kids. I knew something had to change.
For the next three years, I would start a diet and then quit, start another and quit again. Everything seemed too hard to stick with. In December 2013, I started to make some healthy life changes. On December 23rd that year, I smoked my last cigarette. On December 24th, I had my last alcoholic beverage. Next, I knew I had to tackle my weight. I asked my little sister to take “before” photos of me—as she had many times before. But something changed that night. She told me “I’m not going to take your pictures. You always do this and you never stick to it. You can’t stick with a diet.”
She was 100 percent right. But I had to prove her wrong. I went to my laptop and logged onto Nutrisystem and ordered the My Way Program. The shipment arrived on January 6, 2014, and my sister agreed to take my pictures one last time. I weighed 331 pounds at that point, and my goal was to weigh 240 pounds by January 1, 2015.
It seemed like a long, hard road, but Nutrisystem made it easy. There was no counting. There was no wondering if I could eat something. The food was mailed to me, and all I had to do was eat it.
I reached my goal weight of 240 pounds in just five months. I am happier, more confident, and overall have a better life than I did before I started Nutrisystem. Never would I believe I could lose 91 pounds* in just five months, but with the help of Nutrisystem, I proved to myself that anything is possible if you want it bad enough. I honestly credit Nutrisystem and my little sister for saving my life.
*$10,000 Contest Winner. Weight lost on prior program. Expect to lose an avg 1-2 lbs per week.